2019 Annual Report

2019 was a wonderful year for Vermont Humanities. We were reminded of the power of the humanities every day.

Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh and CityBand closed our Fall Conference at the University of Vermont. We welcomed Congressman John Lewis and his March Trilogy co-author Andrew Aydin to the Flynn Center in Burlington for the biggest event in our organization’s history as part of Vermont Reads. Thirteen schools hosted Humanities Camps around the state, and we distributed over 13,000 free books through our programs.

We hope that you enjoy learning more about this pivotal year, and continue to support our important work to bring the humanities to all corners of our state.

2019 At a Glance

Vermont Humanities sponsored 882 talks, book discussions, literacy programs, and other humanities events in 149 Vermont communities, including towns in every county.

Board chair Katy Smith Abbott

From Our Board Chair

“I am always moved by Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds pausing for shared learning.”

Boy and girl looking at object on table

Best Photos from 2019

Images from Humanities Camps, First Wednesdays, our Fall Conference and more.

Boy holding a Vermont Reads bookmark while girl smiles behind him

Year in Review Video

We had a lot of fun editing clips from our programs in 2019 into this short year-end video.

Victor R. Swenson: 1936-2019

Victor R. Swenson, the founding Executive Director of Vermont Humanities, died on July 25, 2019.

Man performing Cry Havoc play

2019 Grant Recipients

We awarded $49,750 to 28 nonprofit organizations in 2019, funding diverse and dynamic humanities activities. 

Bryan Terrell Clark speaking in Middlebury

Thank You to Our Donors

Our work depends on the generosity of our many donors and volunteers. We are grateful to each of you who gave in 2019.

Man showing fruits in market

2019 Statement of Financial Position

Our revenue, expenses, assets, liabilities, and net assets at the conclusion of FY 2019.